Today on The Country it's Sam "Lashes" Casey's 23rd birthday but Jamie Mackay doesn't want that to dominate today's show. Happy Birthday Lashes!

On with the show:

Damien O'Connor:

The Minister for Agriculture shares his disappointment over the failure of the Waimea Dam project, comments on the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's research into the impact of New Zealand's livestock methane emissions, updates the M. bovis situation and defends the business acumen of the current Cabinet.

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Jim Hopkins:

Is a rural raconteur who doesn't see the funny side of the failure of the Waimea Dam project plus he pokes a bit of borax in the direction of Jamie and 'Jetcinda'.

Murray Taggart:

The Alliance Group chairman comments on the cooperative's launch of a new corporate identity ahead of its annual farmer roadshow and on the prospects for lamb this season.

Megan Hands and Chanelle O'Sullivan:

Despite some communication issues, today's panel ponders whether farmers should stand for Fish and Game and we ask what's big on NZ Farming Mums Facebook page?

Listen below: